Technical theatre encompasses all that goes into making a staged production. The areas of technical theatre are scenery, lighting, properties ,costuming, and sound. All of these areas work together in a production to establish the place, time period, and mood of the production.
Stage managers typically provide practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew and technicians throughout the production process. They also are the director's representative during performances, making sure that the production runs smoothly.
The role of the stage manager is especially important to the director in rehearsals. Here the director and the stage manager work side by side, with the stage manager recording the director's decisions about blocking and notes for the actors, keeping track of logistical and scheduling details and communicating what goes on in rehearsals to the rest of the team. This enables the director to concentrate his or her full attention on directing. LEARN MORE
A costume designer is a person who designs costumes for a film, stage production or television show. The role of the costume designer is to create the characters' outfits/costumes and balance the scenes with texture and color, etc. The costume designer works alongside the director, scenic, lighting designer, sound designer, and other creative personnel. The costume designer may also collaborate with hair stylist, wig master, or makeup artist. In European theatre, the role is different, as the theatre designer usually designs both costume and scenic elements. LEARN MORE
In theatre, a lighting designer (or LD) works with the director, choreographer, set designer, costume designer, and sound designer to create the lighting, atmosphere, and time of day for the production in response to the text, while keeping in mind issues of visibility, safety, and cost. The LD also works closely with the stage manager or show control programming, if show control systems are used in that production. Outside stage lighting, the job of a Lighting Designer can be much more diverse and they can be found working on rock and pop tours, corporate launches, art installations, or lighting effects at sporting events. LEARN MORE
A Make-Up Artist ensures that Performers have suitable make-up and sometimes hairstyles for appearing in front of an audience for a production. Make-Up Artists can work in film, live music, photo shoots, television and theatre. Their work involves creating images and characters through make-up, hairstyles and prosthetics according to a brief. LEARN MORE
The Sound Designer is responsible for obtaining all sound effects, whether recorded or live for a specific production. They are also responsible for setting up the sound playback equipment and must make sure the board operator is properly trained. Sound Design is an artistic component of the production. The Sound Designer needs to have imagination to create sound effects and not just rerecord them. LEARN MORE
A Scenic Designer is the member of the creative team charged with developing the environment used to tell the story of a play, musical, or performing arts piece. Other members of this collaborative team include but are not limited to the costume designer, sound designer, lighting designer, and director.
Scenery provides a playground for the director to use in telling the story of the piece. A scenic designer works with the director in exploring how and why each item — platform, flat or wall, table, chair, cube — is or could be used.
A scenic designer uses many tools to create a set: a visual script analysis, thumbnail sketches, detailed sketches or renderings, and scenic models. Below is a breakdown of one approach to the creative work of scenic design. Not everything works for everyone. These steps are a guide to help you develop your personal process. LEARN MORE.
Thanks to our new pandemic reality, the ambitions, aspirations, and survival instincts of the arts profession have been tested in every way imaginable. Artists around the globe have risen to this challenge in multifarious ways, creating new and exciting innovations for an ancient artform.
From custom socially-distanced auditoriums to advancements in air filtration and disinfecting to strict protocols for audiences, actors, and staff, the return to traditional venues has been largely an experiment in trial and error, with numerous concepts deployed to varying degrees of success. With the present and future of theatre as we know and love it still largely uncertain, many artists are forging ahead in other ways, creating unique and impressive theatrical experiences via a multitude of mediums.